Star Wars: Legacy #50

"Star Wars: Legacy" closes out its run with this issue, but it is far from a final chapter in the story that John Ostrander and Jan Duursema have been spinning for over four years.

In this issue, the Sith factor heavily, as they celebrate the return of one of their own. The fact that the Sith are now scattered far and wide across the galaxy, all bearing markings similar to those of Darth Maul, never really sat well with me. I'm unsure why that is; Maybe it has something to do with Maul's brevity as a character, or maybe I'm clinging too tightly to the "Rule of Two," but the various and sundry Sith always felt more forced than not. In this issue, that's still the case, by and large, but it also works to help distinguish forces and unify the "bad guys."

Ostrander and Duursema did a magnificent job building this corner of the Star Wars galaxy, and with this issue they put order in place. This issue offers very little in way of resolution, much the same way that "The Empire Strikes Back" left moviegoers with more questions than answers some thirty years ago.

Duursema's art is as crisp as it has ever been. She delivers this issue with the same energy and pizzazz as she did the first issue. Her command of the characters and their situation has dramatically progressed from issue #1 to now, but as a professional's professional, that is certainly to be expected of Duursema.

What I didn't expect -- or rather what I found disappointing -- is the manner by which the Sith seek to promote their cause. Vul Isen is set to end all life on Utapau, but not with a galaxy-threatening weapon like a Death Star. Heck, he's not even going to use a fleet of Star Destroyers. Nope. His master plan for death and destruction is a vial of poison to be dumped into the water system. Seriously. That really seemed like a very un-Star Wars-type threat, diminished further in that Isen faces Cade Skywalker and sets off running to avoid capture. It seems like a lame fiendish plot and back-up plan, and it is.

This is far from my favorite issue of any "Star Wars" comic, but it isn't the worst one I've ever read. It sets up a future storyline and buffs the corners of a few plot threads that have been milling about for a while (or longer). The letters page contains the big reveal of what happens next, or at least where to go to read about what happens next, which makes this issue feel even less like a final issue and more like a set-up issue.

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